Downtown Happenings

Apr
9
Sun
Spaghetti Dinner @ Shennigan's
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

James Sapia Spaghetti Dinner

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub
Boardwalk at 4th Street

ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Spaghetti & Meat Balls, Salad, Bread and Soft Drinks

$8 for adults, $5 children 5-10 years
Free for children under 5

James Joseph SapiaSpaghetti

James was born, Giacomo Giuseppe, the Son of Salvatore and Genoveffa. Along with his eight brothers and sisters he worked, in the family restaurant “The Neapolitan” located in Baltimore’s Little Italy; and like so many immigrant families they lived above their business – simply said James was at home near a kitchen.

Following in his brother Tony and sister Josie’s lead, both having opened businesses in Ocean City, “Tony and Thelma’s” on 2nd street and “Josie and Marie’s” on Caroline Street as well as “J&M Cafeteria” on 17th street, in 1972, James and Betty chose to realize several of their dreams first spending more time at the shore and second owning their own business. They leased the Monticello Hotel and Dinner Bell Restaurant from Gordon Harrington and along with their three sons headed to the beach for a new adventure.

In 1973 they purchased the Monticello Hotel and restaurant that they operated until 1982. In 1983 they purchased and operated the House of Pasta on the Boardwalk. In 1987 the Sapias opened DaVinci’s Restaurant and later The Ocean View Grill. At that point they made Ocean City their permanent home and never looked back. Betty and her son Vince, along with his family continue to operate the businesses today.

James and Betty were always supportive of the community and especially The Ocean City Downtown Association. James loved the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk and recognized the need to preserve and market this Eastern Shore Gem. As Ralph and Vince became more involved in various organizations and would share the problems of raising funds, James said, “At St. Leo’s Church we would make a fortune with a spaghetti dinner.” His long time friend Richard Thomas, past president of the Downtown Association, held him to it and the suggestion became James and Betty’s small contribution to the community.

Following James’ death in 2000, the Downtown Association named the annual dinner in his honor.

 

Apr
12
Wed
After Dark at The Captain’s Table @ Captain's Table
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Join us at The Captain’s Table

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April 12, 5-7PM

Munchies and Happy Hour prices!

Downtown After Darks are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September – June.  It’s a great time to market your business and mingle with friends and members of the Downtown Association.

May
13
Sat
13th Year for the Crab Soup Cook Off
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Red
Centerplate/OC Convention Center
Shrimp Boat / OC Fish Company
Seacrets

White
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs
Seacrets
Shrimp Boat / OC Fish Company

Best Decorated

Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs

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12 Annual Crab Soup Cook Off was held Saturday, May 14, 2016CrabINPot
Noon-3PM
Somerset Plaza
Between Baltimore Ave. and the Boardwalk

This event is held in May every year. It’s fun for the whole family, with free music and exhibits.

Price was only $15 to taste all soups and vote for your favorite.

2016 event featured chefs from:
Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs
Centerplate
Lazy River Saloon
M. R. Ducks
Ocean Pines Yacht Club
Phillips Seafood
Pickles Pub
Seacrets
Shrimp Boat/ OC Fish Company

LIVE MUSIC by
One Night Stand
Sponsored by OCDC 

OTHER SPONSORS
Shenanigans Irish Pub
Dough Roller
Ocean View American Grill
Hammerheads / Backshore Brewing

 

2015 event featured chefs from:
Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs
Eagle’s Landing
Fager’s Island
Frontier Town Lazy River Saloon
Mother’s Cantina/Cowboy Coast
OC Brewing Company
Phillips Seafood
Pour House
Pickles Pub
Seacrets
Waterman’s

LIVE MUSIC by
One Night Stand
Sponsored by OCDC 

OTHER SPONSORS
Shenanigans Irish Pub
Ocean View American Grill

2015 Winners

RED
1st: Lazy River Saloon
2nd: Pour House
3rd: Phillips

WHITE
1st Mothers Cantina
2nd: Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs
3rd: Seacrets

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2014 Winners

RED
1st: Fagers Island
2nd: Lazy River Saloon
3rd: Seacrets

WHITE
1st Mothers Cantina
2nd: Marina Deck
3rd: Pickles

BEST DECORATED
Casino at Ocean Downs

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Congratulations to the 2013 Winners and thanks to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered to help make this such as great event. Thanks also to DJ Biggler and Sweet Harmony for providing the entertainment.

2013 Participating Restaurants
Fagers, Seacrets, Mothers Cantina, Pickles, Quickies
Phillips, Eagles Landing, Pour House, Carousel Hotel
Halls, Casino at Ocean Downs, Lazy River Saloon (Frontier Town), Shrimp Boat

2013 WINNERS

White
1st Place: Mothers Mother’s Cantina
2nd Place: Shrimp Boat
3rd Place: Eagles Landing

Red
1st Place: Fagers Island
2nd Place: Lazy River Saloon at Frontier Town
3rd Place: Pour House